Second-hand test

Bahia 46

Published on 01 february 2016 at 0h00

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The Bahia 46 is a catamaran which continues to appeal. The proof: search the web, its blogs, opinions, reports, then do the same again in English, German, Spanish...the conclusion quickly stands out: this catamaran, available from 1996 to 2007, is unanimously appreciated by skippers, delivery skippers and crews of all nationalities. It’s perhaps not for nothing that the Bahia 46 remained in Fountaine-Pajot’s catalogue for over 10 years, and that 176 examples were sold – one of the company’s biggest successes. For the R&D department, this 46 represents the quintessence of the cooperation between the architects Joubert/Nivelt and the designer Olivier Flahault! Faithful to the trends of the time, the Bahia adopted rounded lines. Although it retained the coachroof and its extension, and the 'pug-nosed’ bows, characteristic of the builder, it adopted beamier hulls than the previous models. Yet the 46 remains a catamaran with a moderate displacement, and is generously canvassed. With a sail area/weight ratio of 11.71m²/tonne, it is well-canvassed and above all displays performance which would put a number of modern production multihulls to shame...

Second-hand test Bahia 46

The stub keels which take the draft to 1.3m represent a good compromise between a good course to windward and access to the beach.

Averages of over 10 knots!

But although it is fast, comfort is not forgotten, thanks to its beamy hulls – which do restrict the boat’s potential in light ...

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